Each year when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, we get inundated with images of food in unnatural shades of green. This always makes us scratch our heads because some of the most beautiful green foods we’ve ever seen come straight from the earth, no food dyes required.
True, there aren’t that many naturally green desserts, but if you play around with kiwi, grapes, limes, mint, pistachios, and even avocado, you can probably come up with something pretty creative. And if you want to go in a completely different direction, you can surprise your kids and friends by using leafy greens in desserts.
Exhibit A: This green Rainbow Chard Cake, which gets its color from real green leaves, not food coloring. It’s a very tasty cake, not super-sweet, but delicious with cream cheese frosting.
Another dye-free dessert option is cookies with spinach frosting – no food coloring in here either! Although it sounds strange, it really tastes more like sugar than spinach. True story: We served these cookies to an entire Little League team and they gobbled them up without hesitation.
Want to make a whole green meal? Check out these beautiful green foods from our friends:
Lucky Leprechaun Dip from Lunch Box Bunch
Kale Pesto with Tarragon and Walnuts from Family Spice
Kale Pesto from Shockingly Delicious
Potato Leek and Kale Soup from Rustic Garden Bistro
Green Eggs and Ham Pizza from She’s Cookin
Green Mac and Cheese from Weelicious
Green Beer Cheese (Broccoli and Cheddar) Soup from The Beeroness
and for dessert:
Honey Glazed-Baby Kiwi Mascarpone Cheesecake from Cooking on the Weekends
Avocado Mousse with Strawberry Puree from Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Avocado Yogurt Key Lime Pie from the California Avocado Commission
Stay tuned for many more green recipes this month!